1993 Land Rover DEFENDER 110 5-door 200TDI

 

at a glance

          ENGINE:  2.5L direct-injection Rover 200Tdi turbodiesel
          TRANSMISSION:  5-speed manual with 2-speed AWD transfer case
          MILEAGE: 129,591 km (80,306 miles)
          EXTERIOR: Moonstone Silver with Tungsten Gray roof, hood and wheels
          INTERIOR: British Racing Green with Gray Alcantara
          PRICE: $39,900

 

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE?

A nine-seat Solihull-built Defender 110 5-door that has been carefully refurbished from a straight, rust-free and low mileage example, it is in fantastic condition inside and out and looks great from every angle.

The bodywork has been completely restored and resprayed in a two-tone color scheme from Bentley’s “Mulliner” division, in “Moonstone” (a bright silver) with “Tungsten” (medium gray metallic) safari roof, hood and color matched NATO wheels. A black “final edition” grille has been fitted with LED lighting front and rear, and aluminum front and rear bumpers replace the originals. A front steering guard/skid plate has been fitted, rock sliders are mounted to the rocker panels, and laser-cut side defense panels have been fitted to the lower parts of all four doors. Tires are new 235/85-16 Toyo Open Countrys, and a full-width LED light bar over the windshield is paired with a smaller version above the rear door which serves as a handy loading and work light.

Inside, the interior has been thoroughly refinished with all nine seats reupholstered in a combination of British Racing Green genuine leather and dark gray alcantara seating surfaces with diamond quilting and vintage-inspired white piping. A front center console has the cubby lid upholstered to match and features twin cup holders. A leather-wrapped Exmoor steering wheel has been installed, and the interior features all-new hand-cut carpeting in dark gray pile. The headliner is a dark gray alcantara that matches the seat centers.

Underneath, the chassis is as rust free and straight as you will find in a Defender, with no perforation anywhere and no scrapes, dents, or other signs of serious off road use. Longitudinals, cross members, bulkheads, floors and doors are all rust free and correct.

It’s a beautiful Defender station wagon, in an attractive and timeless color combination, and very good specification.

 

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

With very low original miles and a full recent service and checkup, it drives as you would expect. Beautifully. The 200Tdi engine fires on the first touch of the key and settles into a stable, quiet idle with no undue smoke or clatter. The gearchange is light and direct, and the clutch is firm and takes up at the correct height. Underway, the turbodiesel pulls with lusty torque even right off idle and builds boost quickly, providing excellent midrange thrust in any gear. Keeping up with modern traffic is not an issue on any roadway, even highways, and the factory power steering is direct and positive without feeling heavy.

The suspension on tarmac is wonderfully controlled, with new springs, shock absorbers, steering damper, ball joints and tie rod ends. And off road, with the chunky rubber and slightly increased ground clearance, it will drive over, around or through pretty much anything you are ever likely to encounter. Braking is quiet and powerful, hauling the big 110 down from any attainable speed without drama, noise, vibration or drifting.

Fully serviced with new fluids and filters, and benefitting from a comprehensive technical inspection, it is a strong driver with muscular power delivery and outstanding manners on road or off.

 

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